Amsterdam Heritage Days

September 4, 2013 in Amsterdam Blog

Amsterdam Heritage Days is a unique opportunity to go inside some of the historical buildings of Amsterdam that would normally be closed to the public. And everything is for free!

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During the weekend of the 14th and the 15th of September, 50 of the city’s most beautiful and interesting buildings open their doors. And its not just that. You can also participate in lectures or take a historical tour throughout the city by foot, bike or, of course, boat.

This year the theme of the Amsterdam Heritage Days is Power & Glory. Amsterdam calls the 17th century the Golden Age  for a reason. When the city was at the top of it’s power it ruled the oceans and was the financial center of the world. The Amsterdam Heritage Days focus on the Canal ring which is a very visible present-day result of this period.

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Monuments and buildings included in this event are the Mayor’s official residence on the Keizersgracht, the Maison Descartes orphanage, the stock exchange on the Damrak and the ancient Portuguese Synagoge. There are also many canal houses and churches open for a free visit.

Also be sure to check out the Entrepotdok, which was built more recent than most of the monuments, but is still nearly 200 years old. This building is located in the nice Kadijken neighborhood. It has great architectural features.

Other notable monuments during the Amsterdam Heritage Days
Westerkerk, Oude Kerk, Posthoornkerk, Amstelkerk (all churches)
The Green Canal Houses, De Granada, Trippen house, The Green Bend, De Solemne (all canal houses)
More info on the Amsterdam Heritage Days here (PDF)

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